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Rachel Hollis has learned that naming the negative thoughts that tell her she’s "not enough" encourages empowerment and more positivity within herself, she told a crowd in the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Cedar Rapids on April 4. Cedar Rapids Gazette 

Heather Akers sits on the comfy couch situated in the center of the lobby of Giving Tree Theater in Marion. She smiles before talking about Giving Tree’s beginnings — the kind of smile that shows pride and contentment mixed with just a hint of overwhelmed exasperation. Cedar Rapids Gazette

When considering service to community and the future generations, few citizens work quite as hard as Jessica Pape. Because of this, Pape was given the title of 2019 Woman of the Year at the Women’s Night celebration hosted by the Dyersville Area Chamber of Commerce. Dyersville Commercial 

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There is a "leaky pipeline" for women early in their corporate careers, says former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, noting that unconscious bias and a lack of parental leave are factors. New York Times 

PwC tracks what it classifies as "younger board directors" — those age 50 and under — and a new report on the cohort came out last month. An unmistakable takeaway is that women are making up a larger share of this constituency. Fortune 

Black women founders continue to see a lack of support and funding for their businesses, with 40% of those seeking funding from traditional banks never receiving anything. Yet, this is the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs. Entrepreneur online